Buffalo Exchange works to protect the environment by reusing and recycling clothing. Customers buy, sell, and trade clothing, giving it a second life and avoiding contributing to the demand and waste of clothing pollution. We are committed to supporting the communities and environments in which we operate by having environmentally conscious practices and giving charitable contributions, some of which are mentioned below.
Tokens for Bags®
Through our Tokens for Bags® program, shoppers are offered a token in place of a bag, which they can donate to one of three local charities. For each token, we donate five cents to that charity. Since its creation in 1994, Buffalo Exchange has raised over $803,000 for thousands of local nonprofit organizations. Many of the beneficiaries are animal rescues and shelters, community food pantries, children and family funds, women’s support shelters, homeless aid, LGBT organizations, environmental causes, and local library or school organizations. Every token a customer has donated represents a plastic bag that was not added into circulation. Thanks to our customers, we are proud to have kept over 16.06 million plastic bags from polluting the environment.
View our current list of Tokens for Bags® charities
Earth Day $1 Day Sale
Since 1997, over $717,900 has been raised through our annual Earth Day $1 Sale. Buffalo Exchange has supported numerous charities and environmental causes, including protecting the last Galapagos Island tortoise (George), funding pollination programs and research, increasing awareness about cruelty-free makeup, and most recently raising $52,628 for The Humane Society of the United States’ Animal Rescue Team and their efforts to rescue animals from natural disasters and abusive conditions.
Clothing for the Community®
We’re excited to announce our newest giving back initiative! Through our Clothing for the Community® program, Southern Arizona non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations can apply to receive large clothing donations from Buffalo Exchange’s Sell By Mail program. Charities can use this donation of clothing and accessories to generate money for their organization by hosting a $1 Sale. We’re ready to coach charities through this process by providing support, advice, local promotion and, of course, the inventory. Variations of this program have raised $57,266 since 2015 and we look forward to even more charities and organizations benefiting from these donations. In order to participate, your organization must have the means to transport a large amount of clothing from our warehouse in Tucson, AZ. Apply to become a beneficiary by sending us an email about your organization to PR@bufex.com.
Upcoming Clothing for the Community $1 Sales
Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona Unidas Sponsorship
Buffalo Exchange is excited to sponsor the Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona’s Unidas, a philanthropic program that serves teens. Buffalo Exchange donated $5,000 to Unidas in support of their mission to give young women the opportunity to grow while creating interpersonal connections with peers and mentors that will last a lifetime. To learn more about Unidas and the Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona, visit womengiving.org.
Buffalo Exchange Arts Award
In 1994, Buffalo Exchange founders Kerstin and Spencer Block created an arts fund through the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona. This fund, the Buffalo Exchange Arts Award, honors emerging artists in the performing arts, visual arts, and those who have made outstanding contributions to the arts through education, organization or advocacy. Since its inception, over $244,000 has been awarded to the inspirational artists of southern Arizona.
Coats for Cubs. Give Your Furs Back to the Animals.
Recommended by The Humane Society of the United States, Buffalo Exchange’s Coats for Cubs fur drive collects real furs to provide bedding and comfort to orphaned and injured wildlife. Since 2006, Buffalo Exchange, with the help of our customers, has collected and distributed over 15,108 furs to wildlife rehabilitators nationwide. This program is not currently running. We recommend reaching out to our wildlife rehabilitation partners directly to donate your furs. For more information, visit CoatsForCubs.org.
Coats For Cubs Website